It may come as no surprise to residents that ‘Your parks and green spaces’ ranked as one of the highest of the seven priority themes when we went out and asked the community “What’s important to you in Boroondara?” as part of the development of our community plan.
When thinking about the future of parks and green spaces we need to consider a hotter and drier climate and the need to use water more efficiently. The increasing cost of land in urban areas limiting opportunities to buy new land for public open space, and a growing awareness of the importance of nature play opportunities that encourage children to learn about the natural world.
I thought it was interesting to reflect on Council’s role in relation to parks and green spaces as we plan the future of our great community and allocate our resources for future budgets. Let me share this with you.
- We provide and look after playgrounds and other park infrastructure like seats, toilets, BBQs, drinking fountains and walking trails.
- We work with the community and ‘Friends of’ groups to promote and maintain our parks and gardens.
- We have a local planning policy that requires developers to contribute to the provision of public open space.
- We plan for, provide and maintain a range of parks, gardens and green spaces. Some examples are the Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn, Central Gardens in Hawthorn and Hays Paddock in Kew East.
- We manage competing uses of our open spaces. For example, this may be for unstructured and structured recreation or pets and people enjoying our beautiful outdoor areas.
The parks and green spaces of our beautiful City are vitally important for the happiness and wellbeing of our community. We are committed to making sure they are not only preserved but that they flourish.